Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence: A Practical Guide to Walking with Low-Income People
When a low-income person asks your church for help, what do you do next? God is extraordinarily generous, and our churches should be, too. Because poverty is complex, however, helping low-income people often requires going beyond meeting their material needs to holistically addressing the roots of their poverty. But on a practical level, how do you move forward in walking with someone who approaches your church for financial help? From the authors of When Helping Hurts comes Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence , a guidebook for church staff, deacons, or volunteers who work with low-income people. Short and to the point, this tool provides foundational principles for poverty alleviation and then addresses practical matters, like: How to structure and focus your benevolence work How to respond to immediate needs while pursuing long-term solutions How to mobilize your church to walk with low-income people With practical stories, forms, and tools for churches to use, Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence is an all-in-one guide for church leaders and laypeople who want to help the poor in ways that lead to lasting change.
From the Back Cover GOOD INTENTIONS ARE NOT ENOUGH Poverty is extremely complex. So is poverty alleviation. When low-income people seek help, they usually need more than just material goods; they need lasting change. This book helps you address both. WHEN A LOW-INCOME PERSON ASKS YOUR CHURCH FOR HELP, WHAT DO YOU DO? From the authors of When Helping Hurts, this practical toolkit contains principles for poverty alleviation in the local church context. With resources, tools, and scenarios to help you apply the book, it is an all-in-one guide to the critical parts of achieving lasting change: Seeing the individual, systemic, and spiritual roots of poverty Responding to immediate needs while pursuing long-term solutions Mobilizing your church to walk humbly with low-income people Designed especially for groups directly engaged with people seeking financial assistance, Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence will help teams, individuals, and even parachurch ministries tangibly demonstrate the love of Christ.